The Fuel Masters actually squandered a huge 22-point lead but survived largely behind the courage and fortitude shown by White at the finish.
The wiry 6-foot-7 import bucked inroads of cramps and delivered clutch plays that saved the day for the Fuel Masters against the Blackwater side that came alive in the fourth quarter.
White, with previous PBA stints with Kia (now Columbian Dyip), made eight points in the fourth quarter, including a put-back that eventually settled the outcome of the game at 105-101.
“His hamstring was starting to get tight. Inilalabas ko na, pero sabi niya I will not let our team lose because of this hamstring,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas.
“Hard win, but we’ll take it. The team showed a good character in the end,” Alas also said.
The Elite themselves showed a good character in a fiery chase in the fourth quarter after trailing by big margins through the first three quarters.
They caught up at twice at 95 and at 98, but just couldn’t get over the hump.